Romney condemns Trump, says president is 'damaging the cause of freedom'

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 13:30:49-05

WASHINGTON — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney once again lit into President Donald Trump, saying the nation's leader is "damaging the cause of freedom" and inflaming "destructive and dangerous passions" by claiming, without foundation, that the election was rigged and stolen from him.

The Republican offered his assessment Friday on Twitter, saying that Trump is well within his rights to challenge the results through the legal remedies available to him. But Romney says Trump is "wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt, and stolen from him _ doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world."

Romney lost to President Barack Obama in 2012 but was gracious in defeat. He continues to use Twitter and be Trump's most vocal critic within the Republican Party and voted to convict him in Trump's impeachment trial early this year.

Before the election, Romney wrote a blistering post on social media in which he said Trump had crossed several lines of decency during his campaign, including calling Sen. Kamala Harris a "monster," attacking Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the day the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap her and attempting to persuade the Justice Department to jail former President Barack Obama.